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Vatican--Discipline reckless seminary heads, don't beg them, SNAP says

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, SNAP Associate Midwest Director (+1 636-433-2511 home,

In a new document, the Vatican says bishops should be careful about accepting seminarians who've been rejected by other bishops, seminaries and dioceses. We’re glad for the new language. But given the tremendous and persistent priest shortage, we doubt a sentence or two in some new “guidelines” will make any difference at all.

There is, however, a more effective approach. It’s called discipline.

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CA--Accused priest quietly moves to San Diego; Victims cry “foul”

For immediate release: Thursday, Dec. 6, 2016

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,, Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell,

Accused priest quietly moves to SD

After “counseling,” he sexually harassed a 22 year old

He allegedly “coerced” her & later fired her from her job 

A civil lawsuit against him and his Michigan bishop is pending

Group urges SD Catholic officials to “warn parishioners & the public about him

A priest who was found to have sexually harassed a college student and who faces a pending civil abuse lawsuit has quietly moved to San Diego where he works for a lawyer. A victims group want bishops in California and Michigan to warn parishioners and the public about him.

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